A new Legal for Trade onboard scale allows drivers to bypass local truck scales and “conduct business directly to and from their payload, printed ticket and all,” scale maker Rice Lake said.

The TradeRoute scale operates solely from a parked position where hydraulics are used to engage the scale, the company said. Unlike competitive onboard designs, TradeRoute’s load cells support the vehicle’s load only during the weigh cycle, eliminating the potential for premature load-cell wear from constant engagement.

The scale is designed to install around the frame of many common straight-truck designs using a combination of frame-hugging weigh modules, a stainless steel junction box, and a weatherproof control center that houses Rice Lake’s 920i Indicator/Controller and Epson TM-U295 Ticket Printer.

The 920i software adds power and flexibility to each TradeRoute system, Rice Lake said, which can be customized to the unique needs of each customer.

“Carriers can save an enormous amount of time and vehicle wear by not taking constant trips to a certified scale, and multiply that savings across their fleet,” said Chris Senneff, product manager. “They get detailed numbers from each stop and are able to store and transmit those numbers back to their office electronically. Not having to handwrite tickets or transpose information is removing a big chance of error and saving a lot of time too.”